Del. Anne Kaiser, a Montgomery County Democrat and lead House sponsor, called the bill a "good government" measure, but it's actually anything but. First, it arbitrarily compresses the amount of time the board may take to find the best candidate for the job — the bill is drafted as emergency legislation and would force the state board to select someone by April 1, months earlier than the current process would dictate. And second, it injects politics in a system explicitly designed to avoid it. Ms. Kaiser noted in her testimony in support of the bill that 14 other states and the District of Columbia require confirmation of their state schools chiefs, but there is a key distinction: In virtually all of those cases, the appointment of the superintendent is made by the governor (or, in D.C.'s case, the mayor), making it an inherently political job for which the advice and consent of the legislative branch is appropriate and necessary.